In what is possibly a world-first, we’ve been bathing in a hot tub outside — using our forklift to suspend the tub over the fire. After experiencing outside fire baths in New Zealand — especially in the light of the full moon, one of the first things David did when we arrived home was to dig out an old bathtub from under our house and put it to use.

Setting up the forklift hot tub, June 2012
David ties the heavy iron tub to the forklift so he can lift it over the fence.

Setting up the forklift hot tub, June 2012
Before he moves it away from the woodpile, David fills it full of firewood that has also been stored under the house.

Setting up the forklift hot tub, June 2012
David manoeuvres the bath into an ideal position off the driveway.

Setting up the forklift hot tub, June 2012
It's easy to get the fire going before lowering the tub onto the heat.

Setting up the forklift hot tub, June 2012
Delaney supervises the hose and checks the water level.

Sitting in the forklift hot tub, June 2012
Delaney and Brioni are eager to jump in the tub. They soon work out that they can enjoy a swinging bath by pulling on the ropes to set the tub in motion.

Sitting in the forklift hot tub, June 2012
Satisfied with his efforts, David relaxes in the hot water while Brioni bathes her baby.

David and I are talking about locations so we can have a fire bath whenever we return to our base camp, but until then, it’s handy to be able to drive the bath away when we want to use the space for something else. (I do have to wonder… does anyone else have a partner this inventive?)